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This Season

Thank you for enjoying Shakespeare Royal Oak 2016! Whether you purchased tickets to Richard III or 12th Night, had a student in our youth education programs, attended the Murder, He Wrote fundraiser, or supported us in other ways, we are most grateful. Water Works is a local independent non-profit arts organization with a rare mission: we offer affordable professional outdoor theatre close to home.

This fall, for the first time, we are asking for your help. For sixteen summers we’ve made the magic of Shakespeare come alive – creating a high-quality affordable cultural experience for everyone in the family. This summer, even though we garnered rave reviews, the rain and heat prevented some of our patrons from enjoying the park shows. Truly, “summer’s lease hath all too short a date!”

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Award-winning director and Water Works veteran, Frannie Shepherd-Bates is Education Director for KidsAct! and Water Works Youth Ensemble. More >



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New DVDs of The Tempest and KidsAct!

Greetings Shakespeare Royal Oak Youth Performers!

Thanks to some great work in recording and editing by one of our Water Works Theatre volunteers, DVDs of The Tempest and KidsAct! are now available for purchase! We are offering this to you at just $15 per DVD (one show per DVD) which covers the cost of processing and mailing the disc to you. Just in time for a great holiday gift!

Click here to order The Tempest DVD now.

Click here to order KidsAct! DVD now.

In order to complete fulfillment before the holidays, please place your order no later than December 5. After that time we will discontinue the ordering process for this season.

We truly hope your experience with Shakespeare Royal Oak was a positive one. Each year our non-profit organization looks forward to bringing our educational programs and professional productions to our community. We can’t wait to see you again in the summer of 2017.

All the best,

Frannie Shepherd-Bates
Education Programs Director
Water Works Theatre Company


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It was a great summer this year with KidsAct!

This six-day learning experience for students entering grades 1-8 offered instruction in Shakespeare, stage combat, dance, and comedic improvisation from highly qualified, professional teaching artists. Students then performed in an hour-long showcase to be presented for friends and family in Starr Jaycee Park.

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Water Works Youth Ensemble

WWYE logo finalIn its sixth year and with a new name, Water Works Youth Ensemble, our extraordinary high school-age outdoor experience, took on a new challenge. Last year, our high school students auditioned for, performed, and produced a full-fledged production of Romeo and Juliet in the Park – and this year we had more rehearsal time for an even more invigorating performance.

2016’s play was The Tempest.

Continue reading: Water Works Youth Ensemble